Four Reasons Biking is Good For Business

Biking down San Francisco’s Market Street. Image © Flickr CC User Steven Vance

Aside from the environmental and health benefits provided by biking, cycle cities are proving to be profitable, which has begun to attract support from many US business leaders. Not only do bike-friendly streets increase the visibility and desirability of real estate, they also reduce the need to waste money (and space) on ample parking. In addition to this, as the Guardian’s Michael Andersen points out, bicyclists are the “perfect customer: the kind that comes back again and again.” Learn why else biking is good for business here.

Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava’s “Chicago Spire”

Chicago Spire. Image ©

Cloaked in financial woes, what was intended to be the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere has remained a stagnate hole in the Chicago cityscape since the height of the crisis. However, the fate of the Santiago Calatrava-designed luxury condominium may be about to change, as developer Garrett Kelleher is actively seeking court approval to reinstate the project with a $135 million investment from Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC. More on Chicago’s 2,000-foot “twisting” spire latest update here on the Chicago Tribune.   

Black Desert House / Oller & Pejic Architecture

© Marc Angeles

Architects: Oller & Pejic Architecture
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Dr, , CA 92277
Area: 145.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Angeles

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

Lucas Cultural Arts Museum © Art Zendarski

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, San Francisco’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a “cultural institution of distinction,” its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither ’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the Chora Group’s sustainability institute, or ’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here.

House in Austin / Jadric Architektur

© Paul Bardagjy

Architects: Jadric Architektur
Location: , TX, USA
Architect In Charge: Mladen Jadric
Design Team: Li Jie, Edin Velic, Mak Krankl
Partner Architect: Eric Gonzales, sago international
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

North City Campus / JWDA

© Brady Architectural Photography

Architects: JWDA
Location: 8355 Aero Drive, , CA 92123, USA
Design Team: Joseph Wong, FAIA, Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 42942.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brady Architectural Photography , Balfour Beatty Construction

Brooklyn Boulders / Arrowstreet + Chris Ryan

© Ed Wonsek

Architects Of Record: Arrowstreet, Sean Selby
Location: , MA, USA
Brooklyn Boulders: Chief Development Officer–
Active Collaborative Space: Louise Levin, Jesse Levin
Wall Builder: Vertical Solutions
Area: 40000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ed Wonsek

Neri Oxman Wins 2014 Vilcek Prize in Design

Rapid Craft, designed by .

As an immigrant “who has made lasting contributions to American society through extraordinary achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities,” Israeli-born designer and architect Neri Oxman has been selected as the 2014 Vilcek Prize in Design’s recipient.

Snøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco’s Golden State Warriors’ Stadium

Version 3.0: Arrival onto Pier; Rendering by steelblue. Image ©

Snøhetta has released an updated, more “slimmed-down” version of the Golden State Warriors’ Stadium, which is scheduled to debut on a preeminent waterfront site for the 2017-18 NBA basketball season. Located on Piers 30-32, just walking distance from the downtown Financial District and easily accessed by a variety of public transportation, the revised design has shaved off over 30,000 square feet of the venue’s total square footage and increased public open space to nearly 8 acres, 60 percent of the 13 acre site. 

UC Lab School – Earl Shapiro Hall / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, FGM Architects

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates , FGM Architects
Location: 5800 South Stony Island Avenue, , IL 60649, USA
Area: 128000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Karant + Associates, Matt Dula

Matthew Knight Arena / TVA Architects

© Lawrence Anderson

Architects: TVA Architects
Location: University of Oregon, , OR, USA
Lead Design: Robert L. Thompson, FAIA
Area: 422,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

Sonoma Vineyard Estate / Aidlin Darling Design

© John Sutton

Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: Sonoma Mountain, California, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Peter Larsen
Design Team: Susan Barnes, Kent Chiang, Brent Grubb, Ross Dugan
Area: 18,000 sqft
Photographs: John Sutton, Ben Tanner, Matthew Millman

New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ Luxury Manhattan Condominium

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Foster + Partners has released new images of their revised, 19-story luxury condominium tower planned for West Chelsea in . Named after its address, 551 West 21st Street, the cast-concrete and glass structure plans to open its 44 residences, and three penthouses, to occupancy in the Fall of 2015. 

Cisco Offices / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, Chase Lunt, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Sarunya Wongjodsri, Justin Ackerman, David Hunter, Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Alex Bautista, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu,
Area: 110000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc.

© Chuck Choi

Architects: ADD Inc.
Location: , MA, USA
Area: 145,600 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Chuck Choi, Lucy Chen, Peter Vanderwarker

San Joaquin Valley Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

© Matthew Millman

Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: , CA 95247, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling , Peter Larsen, Michael Pierry, Kent
Area: 5610.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Millman, Adam Rouse

December ABI Dips Again

December 2013 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since May and June of 2012. The American Institute of Architects () reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November.  This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.

More highlights from the December ABI, after the break…

Fairview Townhouse / Bucchieri Architects

© Scott Pease

Architects: Bucchieri Architects
Location: , OH, USA
Designer: Stephen Bucchieri
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Pease